Posted in Meet the authors

Meet Caroline Starr Rose

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Tell me a little about yourself:
I’m a children’s author who lives in Albuquerque, NM. I’m the mom to two teenage boys, am a former teacher, and a pastor’s wife. I love to read, to run, and marvel at this gorgeous world we live in!
When you were my age, did you like to read?
I loved the Little House on the Prairie series and any book about Ramona Quimby. I also looked forward to reading a chapter of a Nancy Drew book with my mom each day after school.

What was your favorite story?

I loved thinking about Laura Ingalls Wilder as a young girl — how nervous she was when she went to school for the first time, how she traveled across the country in a covered wagon, how she lived in cabins and dugouts and houses her Pa had built, what it must have been like to grow up at a different time in history. I thought about Laura so much, I talked about her without using her last name. I’d tell my mom, “Laura did this” or “Laura did that,” and she’d think I was talking about someone in my class. Laura felt so real and so close that the fact she’d been born 106 years before me didn’t matter. She wasn’t just a girl from my story books. She was my friend.

What environmental book(s) do you recommend for kids?

Because I’m such a fan of poetry, I thought I’d share these picture book poetry collections with you:

How do you get your ideas?

Sometimes I have to work really hard for ideas to form, and other times they just come to me. Over in the Wetlands grew out of the years my family lived in Louisiana, from 2007-2010. I was fascinated by the animals and plants of this very unique part of the country and wanted to share them with readers everywhere. I was also surprised to learn about the loss of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. This was well-known throughout Louisiana and often discussed, but I’d never heard about it before moving there. I wanted to be sure the rest of the country understood how important wetlands are as ecosystems and how vital it is that we care for the ones that are threatened.

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Why do you write about the environment for kids? 

The world is a beautiful, amazing place. Everyday I find something to appreciate. I want to bring that same joy and appreciation to young readers.

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Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated?

That’s a really hard question to answer! All my books hold a special place in my heart.

What author do you really like right now?

I think Kwame Alexander is incredible.

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author?
Read and read and read and then read some more. Writer stories that matter to you. Stay curious! Ask questions! Wonder and enjoy.

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Posted in Book Review

Over in the Wetlands

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By Caroline Starr Rose

Illustrated by Rob Dunlavey

This is a book about a hurricane on the bayou.  It is about how animals react to a hurricane – before, during and after.  Some animals act in a way that shows you there will be a storm. For example, a gator mom takes her babies deep into their den to keep them safe.

This book uses really good action words and science words, like pelting, drenches, relentless,  and gatorling. One great sentence is “The hurricane yawns, the hurricane rests.” This is something kids can understand.  The book is almost like a poem.  This is a good book for learning about hurricanes and bayou animals. I don’t live by the bayou but now I know there are gatorlings! It makes me want to visit the bayou but not during a hurricane.

I think scientists, kids who want to be scientists, kids who live near the bayou, kids who live where there are hurricanes or even kids who have no clue what a hurricane is would like this book.  This is a book worth having on your bookshelf. I even saw a copy of it at my local library!

I give this one ten stars and about three bonus gatorling stars!

On the author’s website you can find a discussion guide and activity sheets! Come back tomorrow to meet the author as well.